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550 W. Dekalb Pike
King of Prussia, PA 19406
Phone: (610) 962-0700
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Arts & Museums
The Whitepain Public School serves the Blue Bell vicinity of the Montgomery County in Pennsylvania. Constructed and established in the year 1895, the school stands stern as one of the foremost schools in the region. The structure is a great depiction of the Gothic and the Late Victorian styles of architecture and is included in the National Register of Historic Places.
The Chestnut Hill Historical Society collection includes architectural drawings, building records, maps, prints, deeds, research papers, books and miscellaneous documents from the 18th century to the present relating to Northwest Philadelphia. Holdings also include photographs, personal papers, oral histories, diaries and other genealogical materials. The archives and collections room is open to the public and is available by appointment.
The paintings, photographs and sculpture of renowned and upcoming regional artisans highlight the 2700 square feet of the Artforms Gallery. Scheduled special events and exhibitions are frequent. Get the glimpse of local arts through the work of the local and regional artists. Call for more information on events and exhibitions.
The Museum of Mourning Art is less than 30 minutes from Philadelphia and explores the unusual history and artistic culture of grief. The museum features familiar death symbols, such as the skull and cross bones, that are found on books, clocks, engravings, bells, ceramics, tombstones and a variety of other objects related to death. A special exhibit features more than seventy pieces of mourning jewelry, worn as mementos of the deceased. Most notable is a special exhibit dedicated to George Washington and the national grief that gripped America.
Situated on a meadow in Fairmount Park, its high copper dome is visible for miles. Built in 1875, Memorial Hall was conceived as an international art gallery but became the central facility for the United States' Centennial celebration. President Ulysses S. Grant opened the Centennial proceedings in Memorial Hall's 150 foot-high 'Great Hall' on May 10, 1876. This is the only significant structure remaining from the Centennial festivities. An exhibition in the basement pays homage to the Centennial fairground, the first World's Fair ever held in America. Admission is free.
Please Touch Museum is a must visit when in town. Located in Memorial Hall, it features whimsical installations, interactive exhibits and optical illusions. Create music with your feet by stepping on the Walking Piano, meet characters from Alice in Wonderland, cross rivers in the rainforest and manoeuvre a flying machine. Visitors can attend activities and programs on various topics, from history to science, in an educational yet fun way. Make a pit stop at their Please Taste Café, or attend a folk performance or puppet show at their theater. A popular attraction among children is their wooden carousel and yearly themed Storybook Ball where their favorite fairytales come alive.
The esteemed Pennsylvania Veterans Museum is also referred to as the Media Armory. Constructed in 1908, this armory has been now transformed into a museum that opened in 2005. It chronicles and provides insight into the important battles in the history of United States. Check website for more details.
Charles Willson Peale's Museum could be considered the first Natural History museum in the United States. The museum was created by Peale's realization that his mastodon fossils drew a lot of public attention. An artist as well as a natural history enthusiast, Peale started collecting different types of bones, bird species, and several other artifacts, which led to the opening of this museum in 1786. One of the very first museums in America, Charles Willson Peale's Museum closed in 1997, and its remaining collections were either sold or given away to Maryland Historical Society.
This museum is a must-see for aviation buffs, as well as those with an interest in military history. With 35 civilian and military helicopters, autogiros and convertiplanes, the American Helicopter Museum has a well-rounded collection of impressive machines, including the V-22 Osprey. If you're looking for a thrill, try the 6-8 minute helicopter ride - USD35.00 per person. If you prefer the safety of land, stop into the library and browse the many historic documents and artifacts on display. Finish your trip with a stop at the gift shop, where you're sure to find that one-of-a-kind souvenir.
The Philadelphia College of Pharmacy and Science was founded in 1821 in the historic Carpenters' Hall and is the oldest college of pharmacy in the United States. This rich heritage allows the Marvin Samson Center for the History of Pharmacy to function as part of the college with a vast collection of pharmaceutical artifacts for display. The College of Pharmacy and Science is fully accredited and offers programs in Medical Technology, Basic Sciences, Physical and Occupational Therapy, and Pharmacy. Tours are offered by appointment.
This cemetery gets its name from Alexander Hamilton's house, Woodlands, which is also on the premises and has been in use for over two centuries. Exquisitely crafted neo-classical crypts, mausoleums and obelisks dominate the Woodlands cemetery. The cemetery is most well known for its famous 'guests' that were once part of the Philadelphia elite. Take a historically rewarding, free day trip and explore the monuments. Guided tours are available.
Dentistry is usually a subject most people don't care to even think about. This exhibit is a testament to human technological advancement. Visitors can see how far we've progressed after viewing early 19th Century drills, forceps, and other instruments, which would be considered barbarous by today's standards. Another display was created courtesy of Edgar 'Painless' Parker, a colorful West Coast dentist. Pulling the tooth was usually the only way to cure a toothache at one time. A bucket containing the thousands of teeth he pulled remains as a monument to his gentle methods.